Meeting people working in our industry
It is the professional people with their dedication, experience and drive which make the Australian chicken meat industry what it is today, a highly efficient and sustainable agricultural endeavour providing the main ingredient to millions of meals every day of the year.
Here you are able to meet a handful of these people. They are keen to share their views and experience with you. We hope that listening to some of these short video clips will give you a better appreciation of their commitment to looking after our birds and produce first rate chicken meat which is healthy, nutritious and affordable.
Barry & Damian
Barry and Damian own and operate a large conventional meat chicken farm consisting of eight chicken sheds. They have been in the industry for 18 and 15 years respectively and are justly proud of what they have achieved.
Barry and Damian are a father and son team of meat chicken growers. Here Barry explains how he got involved in the industry some 18 years ago, points out what he finds appealing and how the industry has changed over this time. He stresses the primary importance of good stockmanship despite the technological advances.
20 MB; 2:17 min
Damian tells us how he got into the industry and why he likes his job as farm manager of a conventional modern meat chicken farming complex comprising eight sheds. He also dispels the enduring myth regarding the use of hormones and Barry points out that the belief held by many consumers that meat chickens are raised in cages is also nothing but a myth.
11 MB; 1:17 min
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Shona is the manager of a free range farm. She loves animals and enjoys looking after the thousands of chickens as well as cattle, horses and much more.
Shona is the farm manager of a free range meat chicken farm in SE Queensland. Having been in the job for 6 years, she tells us how she got into it and what she likes about it.
4 MB; 0:30 min
Shona explains the daily routine of a farm manager in charge of a free range chicken farm.
9 MB; 1:01 min
Shona talks about what is important to being a good stockperson, what are the main aims, including the welfare of the birds which is in her view of utmost importance. Shona also talks about the importance of keeping accurate records of all aspects of the farming operation.
15 MB; 1:45 min
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John owns a free range meat chicken farm in SE Queensland. He has been farming for over 33 years and cares deeply about his chickens and his Angus cattle.
John has owned and operated a meat chicken farm for 33 years. Here John talks about free range farming of chicken, pointing out its attraction as well as its challenges.
15 MB; 1:44 min
The role of external audits in certified free range farming of meat chickens is emphasised by John in this short contribution.
3.5 MB; 0:23 min
John points out some interesting observations regarding the chickens’ behaviour on the open range.
20 MB; 2:18 min
The two predominant myths regarding meat chickens, i.e. the use of hormones and of cages, are dispelled by John in this video clip.
11 MB; 1:16 min
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Kelly is the link between the processor (who owns the chickens) and the contract farmers (who raise the meat chickens). As Broiler Service Person for Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited, she is dealing with some 62 farms, both conventional and free range, assisting them in optimising their farming operation.
Kelly is the service person employed by a large processor, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited, to oversee, assist and advice Inghams’ contract meat chicken growers in South East Queensland. She talks about what her role is, how she got into the industry and what she likes about her job.
9 MB; 1:03 min
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